The Twins announced today that they are recalling left-hander Brian Duensing from Triple-A Rochester and to make room on the roster for him, they have outrighted left-hander Sean Henn to Rochester.
Duensing, 26, was on the Opening Day roster for the Twins but he made only one appearance — allowing two runs on two hits in Chicago– before being sent back to Rochester on April 13. Duensing was 4-6 with a 4.66 ERA in 13 starts at Rochester.
Henn made a strong early impression with the Twins, but posted a 7.15 ERA in 14 appearances for Minnesota.
Duensing will be in uniform for the Twins for Friday night’s series opener against the Tigers at the Metrodome.
After Monday night’s 7-6 loss to the Yankees, the Twins announced that they were putting left-hander Glen Perkins on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow.
Perkins lasted just 2/3 of an inning in his start against the Yankees on Monday, giving up six runs on seven hits. He said after the game that he had been dealing with some soreness in his elbow for some time, but it wasn’t until he was struggling to finish off his pitches in this start that he determined it was too much to try to pitch through.
Perkins will travel back to Minnesota on Tuesday to get an MRI of his elbow.
To replace Perkins on the roster, the Twins will purchase the contract of left-hander Sean Henn from Triple-A Rochester. Henn, who has posted a 1.13 ERA with six saves in 15 appearances for the Red Wings, will join the Twins in Chicago on Tuesday.
The Twins will likely be without pitcher Boof Bonser for
the entire 2009 season after doctors discovered partial tears in the labrum and
rotator cuff in his right shoulder during arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday.
Two previous MRIs done on Bonser’s shoulder had revealed
no structural damage. But the tears were discovered and repaired during the arthroscopic
scope performed by Rays orthopedist Dr. Koko Eaton.
Bonser is expected to miss six to eight months recovering
from the surgery.
The pitcher first began experiencing shoulder discomfort
at the end of last season. An MRI performed at that time revealed no structural
damage, and Bonser was ordered to rest the shoulder and begin a rehabilitation
But the rehab didn’t help. Bonser tried to throw in early
January and felt the same discomfort. The right-hander received a cortisone
shot from Dr. Eaton just a few days before he reported for Spring Training, The
shot had little effect on the problem, and Bonser has not really thrown since
workouts began last Monday.
With Bonser out of the mix for the Twins bullpen,
right-handers Philip Humber, who is out of options and Jason Jones, a Rule 5
pick, are now the favorites to win the final spot if the Twins keep seven
relievers. R.A. Dickey, a knuckleballer, and left-hander Sean Henn are also
among those expected to compete for the job.
There is a chance that the Twins could break camp with an
11-man pitching staff, meaning just six relievers will make the Opening Day
roster, but so far that appears to be a long shot.